Faculty of Education

Graduate Diploma of Education and and Master of Teaching Secondary: Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: What is the closing date for application to the Graduate Diploma in Education and the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and where do I apply?

A: Domestic students will be able to apply online. For more information:

Review the Graduate Diploma how to apply information for closing dates, for:

Australian students

International students

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Q2: What is the selection process for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Education and the Master of Teaching (Secondary)?

A: Selection is competitive and is based on academic merit, relevance of the undergraduate degree and a personal statement outlining why you want to be a teacher.

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Q3: When does the course commence?

A: Semester 1 2016, commences on 29 February

B: Semester 2 2016, commences on 18 July (commencing students will have to study part time)

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Q4: Where can I find information on course fees?

A: Unit fee information

International students should review the international fees or contact the International Centre for further information.

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Q5: Which teaching majors and minors are available?


A: The major areas of study offered in our program are:

  • Art
  • English
  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) - History, Geography, Economics, Politics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • LOTE (Languages Other Than English) - French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education/Health
  • School Psychology.
  • Science (Physical or Biological)
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The minor teaching areas offered are:

  • Art,
  • English,
  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)
  • LOTE (Languages Other Than English)- French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese,
  • Mathematics,
  • Science
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Area of specialisation:

  • Career Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Special Education 

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Q6: What are the prerequisites for a major teaching area?

A: You must have a degree with a major in the subject you wish to teach and this subject must be found in the school curriculum. The major in your degree is defined as at least 6 semester units of study in the discipline with at least two of those units studied at second year university level and two at third year university level. The major teaching area will prepare you to teach students in years 7 to 12.

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Q7: What are the pre-requisites for a minor teaching area?

A: The prerequisite for the minor is four semester units of study with at least two units studied at second year university level. The minor teaching area must be in a different discipline from your major area. The minor teaching area will prepare you to teach students in years 7 to 10.

If you do not have a second discipline area in your degree then you may choose one of three areas of interest for which there is no prerequisite. These are:

  • Career Development
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Special Education
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Q8: How many weeks of teaching practice are there?

A: Review the teaching practice timetable for the specific dates of teaching practice. During this period of time full-time attendance in school is a requirement. 

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Q9: What will I be qualified for once I have completed the degree?

A: You will be eligible for registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia and qualified to teach in secondary schools in Australia and overseas.

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Q10: Is the workload heavy?

A: While the workload is not unlike that of a graduate teacher, it is heavier than in a typical undergraduate academic year. The contact time for a full-time enrolment in Semester 1 is approximately 15 hours, and 10 hours in Semester 2. Part-time contact hours depend on the number of units in which you are enrolled. Prospective students should note that there is a great deal of out-of-class work to be done in preparation for workshops, seminars and assessment tasks.

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Q11: Can I work full-time and study full-time?

A: Prospective students should note that the Graduate Diploma in Education is a 60 point course which means it carries a 25% overload above a normal academic year (48 points).The lecture schedule is very busy and there is a great deal of out-of-class work to be done in preparation for workshops, seminars and assessment tasks. Since much of this work is focused on preparing you to be effective classroom teachers with responsibility for the learning of your students, it is expected that you will give full attention to the assignment work. It is therefore unlikely that you will be able to work full-time, fulfil your teaching practice responsibilities and successfully complete the course.

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Q12: What is the English Language requirement for applicants whose prior studies have not been completed in Australia?

A: Students who completed their secondary and/or tertiary education in institutions where the tuition was not in English may be required to provide evidence of an IELTS of 7.5 overall, with no score less than 7 in any band and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.

Prospective students should note that a high standard of English proficiency is required by the Graduate School of Education as pre service teachers will be in school classrooms by week seven of the course and must be able to communicate effectively and professionally.

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Q13: What units should I study to be a qualified Special Education teacher?

The Department of Education and Training recognises the combination of Special Education Curriculum, Inclusive Classrooms, Behaviour Management and Learning Difficulties as preparation for appointment to a Special Education Centre.

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Q14: When are the non-teaching periods?

Please see the academic calendar.

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Q15: Where can I find further information regarding the course

A: Further information about the courses are available Graduate Diploma in Education  and Master of Teaching Secondary.

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Q16. Where can I find information on clearances for professional practice?

A: A professional practice checklist has been prepared for you to review including details on prerequisite clearances information. Pre-service teachers are not permitted to participate in professional practice without a National Police History Check (NPHC) through the Department of Education (DoE) and a Working with Children Check (WWCC).

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Q17: When is the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) going to be phased out at the University of Western Australia (UWA)?

A: UWA will continue to offer the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) in 2016 but at this stage it is expected to be phased out by 2017, dependant on National strategies which will enforce teaching qualifications to require a completion of 5 years of higher education. UWA will still be able to offer teaching qualification to students with a three year undergraduate Bachelor's degree with the current Master of Teaching (Secondary) course.

Q18: How long does it take to complete the Graduate Diploma in Education?

A: This is a one year full-time course completed after a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. It is also available part-time over two years. Please note that part-time does not mean after hours. Most of the program is delivered between 9 am and 4 pm, with only a few units available after 4 pm.

Mid-year commencing students will complete the course over 18 months part-time.

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Q19: What are the pre-requisites for the School Psychology major in The Graduate Diploma of Education?

A: The prerequisite for School Psychology is a four-year degree in psychology.

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